Essential Nutrients for Plants

Date of Publication
December 7, 2021
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To be able to grow, develop, and produce at their best, plants must have specific elements or compounds called plant essential nutrients.

A plant that lacks an essential nutrient cannot complete its life cycle-the seed may not germinate; the plant may not be able to develop roots, stems, leaves, or flowers properly; or it may not be able to produce seeds to create new plants. Often the plant itself will die. However, having too much of a nutrient can harm and even kill plants. For example, having too much nitrogen can cause a plant to grow more leaves but less or no fruit. Too much manganese can make the leaves turn yellow and eventually die. And excess boron can kill a plant. You can save money and effort-and even your plants- if you know what and how much to give your plants. The plants will be healthier and more productive if you give them what they need-no more and no less. (2 pages)

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